Preserves Special Places (i.e. Vistas) to maintain coastal attractiveness of farms, natural areas, and downtowns; buffers Vistas with low to moderate density housing, entryways to Lewes and Rehoboth Beach become greenways surrounded by moderate nonresidential activity
Creates “University Place”, a vista outside of Lewes with potential to become major economic hub through expansion of academic and medical services
Calms SR 1 traffic patterns by form-based designed boulevard & traditional neighborhood design;
Accommodates 98% of Comp Plans’ projected residential growth and less than 58% of its nonresidential employment projection with the opportunity for almost 10,000 new jobs. The Special Places scenario grows the Region to 55,000 dwelling units; that could build out by 2041, assuming a 2% annual growth rate, provided required funding, infrastructure, services, and community support to implement
Example: Virginia’s Rte. 64/264
Coastal towns maintain existing boundaries and some level of existing quality of life,
Preservation protects those areas of environmental and or cultural importance,
Like other scenarios it creates several villages/nodes to focus growth and provide for density,
Calls for redevelopment of all major road networks to provide for mixed transportation options.
Cost & Consequences
Relies on the Towns to accept additional growth beyond their current plans and requires the Towns to develop and utilize a variety of land use policies and codes,
Will be a hard sell for Equity and property rights crowd
Needs creative and strong transportation solution for gathering and moving people,
Interconnectivity between towns limited
Existing towns less distinct/ not as identifiable. Tradeoff: town character?
Traffic issues from SR 1 as main corridor remain; need for thruway bypass increases
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